June Reading Wrap Up

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I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the majority of June reading primarily for enjoyment. I read 4 poetry collections, a poetry chapbook, and several comic books. I was able to knock out 3 books that were on my poetry TBR back in April, and am excited to report some of my hits and misses. Everything I read this month was pretty short, so there are a lot of books to cover. Let’s dive in!

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On “Guilty Pleasure” Reading

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In my everyday life, I never experience book-shaming or reader-shaming firsthand. Of the few times that coworkers or friends have ventured to bring up the topic of books, they speak unabashedly about Stephen King, John Green, and Mary Higgins Clark. Quite frankly, no one around me seems particularly ashamed to be seen reading genre fiction or YA novels.  And why should they?

But hop on the web, and it seems that everyone feels the need to defend their decision to read purely for pleasure. No one wants to be seen reading Twilight on the subway or Fifty Shades of Grey at Starbucks. And what’s more, we feel ashamed for the books we haven’t read (Moby-Dick, anyone?).

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May Reading Wrap Up

Alright guys. I’m late to the party. And not just because we’re already over a week into June. This is my first ever reading wrap-up. Enjoy!

May was a busy month as I had several freelance assignments due outside of my regular day job. It’s been a fun month of reading, and a good balance between work and play. I’ve finally discovered how enjoyable visual books (comics, manga) can be, and I read a literary journal cover to cover for the first time. Let’s dive in! Continue reading